Why Trump's inauguration was so sleazy, even for Washington

Talking Points Memo

It can be difficult to tease out the standard swamp sleaze from activities that cross a line—or possibly break the law with regard to inauguration funding.

Former high-level inauguration staffers and ethics experts told TPM that Trump’s team stretched the boundaries of acceptability, potentially opening the door to the kind of self-dealing and illegal foreign donations that prosecutors are reportedly probing.

“It’s become fairly common for these events to be an influence-buying free-for-all, but it seems like Trump took this to another level,” Brendan Fischer, director for federal reform at the Campaign Legal Center, told TPM.

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